Mike Pence recovering after having pacemaker implanted

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Former Vice President Mike Pence is expected to make a full recovery after having a pacemaker implanted this week, his office announced Thursday.

What are the details?

Pence’s office issued a media release explaining that the former vice president had “experienced symptoms associated with a slow heart rate” over the past few weeks, which led to physicians recommending the routine procedure. He is expected to be on the mend for a few days.

“I am grateful for the swift professionalism and care of the outstanding doctors, nurses and staff at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute, including Dr. Brett Atwater and Dr. Behnam Tehrani,” Pence, 61, said in a statement. “I also appreciate the consultation of my longtime Indiana physicians, Dr. Michael Busk and Dr. Charles Taliercio at Ascension St. Vincent.”

He added, “My family has been truly blessed by the work of these healthcare professionals.”

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Fox News noted that “Pence first disclosed an asymptomatic heart blockage in 2016 after becoming the GOP’s nominee for vice president.”

Anything else?

Pence has issued few statements since leaving office in January, but has taken on a series of projects in recent months.

In February, the former vice president joined conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation as a distinguished visiting fellow, and became the Ronald Reagan Presidential Scholar at Young America’s Foundation.

Last week, he launched a new political advocacy group called “Advancing American Freedom,” a nonprofit organization aimed at “promoting traditional conservative values and promoting the successful policies of the Trump administration,” he told The Washington Examiner.

Pence has been floated as a possible candidate for Republican presidential nominee in 2024, but has not signaled whether or not he intends to run.

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